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Thursday 16 August 2018

Mum of three rummaged in sergeant's car

A BRAZEN criminal sneaked into the private car park of a Dublin garda station and rummaged through a sergeant's unlocked car, a court heard.

Anne Marie Connors (29) and an accomplice were seen on CCTV hanging around at the gates of Dun Laoghaire garda station, and when a vehicle drove out they walked in.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined Connors €350 and imposed a one-month sentence suspended for one year.

The defendant, with addresses at Connolly Street, Arklow, Co Wicklow and Booterstown Halting Site, Booterstown, admitted before Dun Laoghaire district court to unauthorised interference with a motor vehicle.

The incident occurred at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station on July 26 last year.

Gda Mary Kelly said Connors went through a gate into a private car park at the back of the station and rummaged through a sergeant's private vehicle.

Gda Kelly said Connors scattered the contents around the vehicle but did not cause any damage.

The court heard that the sergeant had left the car doors unlocked.

Gda Kelly said that Connors was caught "red-handed" by officers.

Fighting

Connors, who also goes by the name of Anne Marie Cash, further admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour at Main Street, Blackrock, at around 2am last November 1.

In relation to that incident, Sgt Peadar McCann said Connors got into a fight with another female and fell out on to the middle of the road.

Sgt McCann said the fighting continued in front of gardai, who separated the women. Connors had been drinking and was shouting obscenities at officers.

The court heard that Connors has 143 previous convictions, mostly for various road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer Marc Murphy said the incident at the garda station was an opportunistic crime and was "an extraordinarily brazen thing to do".

Mr Murphy said that Connors co-operated fully with gardai, no damage was caused to the sergeant's car and nothing was taken.

The court heard that Connors, who is unemployed and on social welfare, is the mother of three young children.

Mr Murphy also asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying Connors has not been in trouble for public order offences since 2011.

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